Syrian media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic; The results of Syrian journalists’ survey about their opinions on working during the pandemic

The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression disseminated a form containing questions to 60 Syrian journalists inside and outside the country, trying to get a deeper understanding of their working conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the way the institutions they work with as journalists dealt with them and their editorial plans to cover the pandemic news. The questionnaire was answered by 41 Syrian female and male journalists, working with many local and international media outlets.

The results show that 41.4% of respondents confirmed that the closures in the country in which they live, have greatly affected their financial income because most of the Syrian journalists working inside the country work as accredited correspondents or independent journalists with local and international media outlets; the closures and movement restrictions have affected their work.

Analysis of the results of the questionnaire shows that 63.4% of the respondents were aware of the existence of an action plan developed by the editorial board in the media organization in which they work to cover the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, only 12.1% of the respondents answered with “No”, while 24.3% said they do not know (only three of them were working as freelance journalists, while seven others worked in Syrian media outlets).

Where the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression published a study to  conduct a comprehensive monitoring process of the media directed to Syrians in various areas and political orientations, to monitor its role during the Covid-19 pandemic, with series of video to show the roles of media to cover the pandemic.

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